I completed my Bachelor of Science (Biology) in 1991 from McMaster University and my Doctor of Optometry Degree from The New England College of Optometry, Boston, US in 1995. I am certified to practice optometry in Ontario and British Columbia and also have my certification in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease and all three board examinations required for practice in the US.
I received extensive clinical training from my US experience which included eye examinations for the Boston Homeless Shelter, South Boston Community Centre, Dorchester House Health Centre, and the VA Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. The extended mode of practice in the US allowed me to have experience in treatment and management of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and anterior segment disorders. I was also privileged to participate in a VOSH mission to Mexico where thousands of people received eye care and glasses.
I was quite myopic (nearsighted) at a young age and have had many experiences with glasses and contact lenses. This personal experience with eyewear modalities truly helped me to understand all the discomforts that can be associated with glasses and contact lenses. For this reason I have a special interest in contact lenses especially difficult toric and bifocal contact lens fits. I also have a personal experience with laser vision correction, having had laser surgery done through TLC 12 years ago.
I find vision to be extremely important, not only for everyday office work but also for my hobbies. I enjoy playing tennis and golf and have had success as a marathon runner (completed 11 marathons including Boston) …ask me how dry my eyes were after all of that??? I enjoy hearing about my patients’ hobbies and how they use their eyes for these and the challenges that eyewear creates for some of these unique working distances.
I enjoy education and continue to upgrade and be involved with different aspects of optometry. I am on several advisory committees for contact lenses and laser vision companies. I provide education resources to local schools including lectures and reading programs. I love living in Burlington and being part of the community. It is a privilege to be a health care provider in this area.
I grew up in the 1000 Islands Region of New York state and moved to the GTA in 2010 to be closer to my wife’s family in Hamilton. My time practicing in this region has been incredibly fulfilling and I grow to love the region more and more each day.
I completed my undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Oswego in 2004, receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and completing the Honours Program there. Following my years in Oswego, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts where I received my Doctor of Optometry degree from the prestigious New England College of Optometry in 2009. The clinical experiences and lifelong friends (and wife) that I gained while in Boston remain invaluable.
My fourth-year rotations sent me from coast to coast and exposed me to a great variety of clinical settings. My training focused on fitting specialty contact lenses and co-managing LASIK patients in Atlanta, Georgia; managing complicated ocular diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy at Veteran Affairs Hospitals in Hudson Valley, New York and Portland, Oregon; as well as caring for an under-served population at Boston’s Upham’s Corner Community Health Center. Following graduation, I was privileged enough to be accepted into the Ocular Disease Residency Program at the Boston Veteran’s Affairs Hospital System where I was able to further enhance my knowledge regarding the treatment glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and many other ocular conditions. During this time I worked closely with some globally-renowned specialists in the fields of glaucoma, retina and corneal diseases. I was also involved in the mentoring and teaching of 3rd and 4th-year optometry students, as well as the handling of urgent cases that were referred from the hospital system’s emergency rooms.
I feel very privileged to be a part of Dr. Fink’s team and look forward to helping her continue providing Burlington with the best eye care possible.
I graduated from the University of Waterloo in June 2009 with my Doctor of Optometry degree and Honours Science degree. My experiences during my 4 years studying optometry were shaped by my wonderful classmates, professors, clinic directors and patients. I joined Dr. Fink’s office upon graduation in 2009 and tremendously enjoy my time with her and our growing team.
My fourth year of optometry school was spent on several exciting externships, including a 4 month placement at a Veteran’s hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Due to the demographics of the area, I was exposed to many disease cases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes-related pathology and anterior segment disorders. My knowledge in this area of optometry has expanded over my years of practice, both by attending continuing education classes as well as through my own reading. I am a member of both the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Optometry and hold my board certification to prescribe Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPAs) in the treatment and co-management of ocular diseases. I am proud to be an affiliate of the TLC Laser Eye Centres and the Burlington Laser Eye Centre and am able to provide pre- and post-operative services for laser eye surgery patients. I am also a participating member of the Eye See…Eye Learn program.
I have a special interest in vision therapy, particularly in the area of how visual abnormalities impact infant and child development. My continuing education in the area of developmental and behavioural optometry includes all of the core clinical curriculum courses from the Optometric Extension Program (OEP) as well as several specialized Regional Clinical Seminars, taken in both Canada and the United States. I am a member ofOEP, College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation (COVT&R) – a new non-profit organization that provides vision therapy education to optometrists and raises awareness of vision therapy and rehabilitation through public and government advocacy across Canada.
My husband and I were blessed with our first child in November 2015. She has been a true joy and we love spending time together as a family going for hikes and swims.
In my spare time I like to stay fit and active with cycling and aerobics classes. I have been riding and competing in horse shows in both Canada and the United States for most of my life. Although I no longer compete, I still try to ride whenever I can.
I love interacting with my patients every day and pride myself in taking the time to get to know each of them. Thank you for trusting me with the eye care of you and your family and I look forward to many more years practicing in this beautiful community!
Dr. Shirley Ha was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada when she was 10 years old. She earned her Honors Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of Waterloo in 1990 and completed an Ocular Diseases and Primary Care externship at the Hospitals of Yau Ma Tei and Prince of Wales in Hong Kong.
She received accreditation to prescribe Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPAs) in the treatment and co-management of ocular diseases from the Northeastern State University – Oklahoma College of Optometry in 1995 and re-certification from Nova Southeastern University – Florida College of Optometry in 2009.
Dr. Ha is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) as well as the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO). She believes true professionalism means giving back to the profession that has supported and helped her. She served on the OAO Board of Directors from 1999 to 2004 and as President in 2004-2005 and is forever grateful for the priceless experiences gained and the countless volunteers she met during her tenure. She is currently Volunteer Lead in the Halton area for, and an active participating optometrist in, the Eye See…Eye Learn program. Her accolades include the OAO President’s Award in 2007 and the OAO Public Education Award of Merit in 2012.
Since 1998, she has participated as a contributing member of the Questions Committee for the Canadian Examiners in Optometry (CEO), as well as Clinical Assessor to verify skills competencies for the Canadian Assessment of Competence in Optometry (CACO).
About being an optometrist, Dr. Ha’s motto is: “To give patients of all ages the gift of vision beyond healthy eyes and 20/20 eyesight and afford them every opportunity to see and succeed in life.”
She enjoys helping people see well and is a strong proponent of preventative eye health education. She recalls choking back tears when a very near-sighted 4-year-old boy was afraid to leave the clinic, after getting his first pair of glasses, because he CAN see. She welcomes the multifarious clinical challenges thrown at her each day and loves learning from her patients of all walks-of-life.
Dr. Ha has a special interest in ocular diseases, pediatric eye care and binocular vision abnormalities. Her interest in both developmental and neuro-rehabilitative optometry took her on a path of continuing professional development to include the core clinical curriculum from Optometric Extension Foundation Program, Neuro-Visual Processing Therapy from the Padula Institute of Vision and Rehabilitation, Skills Development Program from the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and vision therapy and habilitation/rehabilitation education from around the world.
Dr. Ha is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Developmentand is a candidate for FNORA. She is on the Executive Board of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation, a new non-profit organization that provides vision therapy education to optometrists and raises awareness of vision therapy and rehabilitation through public and government advocacy across Canada. She is also an affiliate of the TLC Laser Eye Centres and Bochner Eye Institute since 1995 and provides pre-operative and co-management services for laser eye surgery patients.
After serving the residents of St. Catharines and its vicinity for 16 years, Dr. Ha moved to Burlington to be close to her family in 2006. She is pleased to join Dr. Fink and her dynamic team in Burlington and is dedicated to providing second to none primary eye care services, functional vision assessments to the community she loves living in. She thanks her past patients for their continued support and looks forward to meeting new patients and taking care of their vision and eye healthcare needs.
In her spare time, Dr. Ha enjoys traveling with her husband and two children, sci-fi movies, scrapbooking, photography, stamp & coin collecting, cross-country running and volunteering at her children’s schools.
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